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General background about the Michigan Flag

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Michigan's state flag depicts the state's coat-of-arms on a dark blue field.

  • MOTTO: "If You Seek a Pleasant Peninsula, Look About You"
  • ENTERED UNION: Jan. 26, 1837
  • FLAG ADOPTED: June 26, 1911, (Unofficial Flag Flown in1837, Revised in 1865)
  • COMMENTS: The elk and moose are symbols of Michigan, while the bald eagle represents the United States.


The present flag, adopted in 1911, is the third state flag. The first flag (1837) featured a portrait of Michigan's first governor, Stevens T. Mason, on one side and the state coat of arms and "a soldier and a lady" on the other side. The second flag, adopted in 1865, displayed the state coat of arms on one side and the United States coat of arms on the other, while the third flag, the first official flag, was adopted in 1911 and features the state's coat-of-arms on a dark blue field.

The final design features three Latin mottos.
1- On the red ribbon: "E Pluribus Unum," means "Out of many, one," a motto of the United States.
2- On the light blue shield: "Tuebor," means "I will defend."
3- On the white ribbon: "Si Quæris Peninsulam Amœnam Circumspice," means "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." (The official state motto).


Michigan Flag
State Flag, Michigan




  • Michigan's unique location on the Great Lakes gives it a range of climates for growing a variety of farm products. It is second only to California in crop diversity.
  • The largest registered Holstein herd of dairy cows lives in a town called Elsie.
  • Isle Royale was designated an International Biosphere Reserve in 1980. The wolf/moose predator-prey study conducted there is the longest running such study in the world.
  • Although Michigan is sometimes known as the Wolverine State because of the many wolverine pelts traded by early trappers, none of these animals are left in the state.
  • The first tunnel that allowed motor vehicles to travel between two countries connects Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, in Canada.
  • James Vernor created the first soda pop made in the United States when he stored a beverage in an oak case. When he returned home from the Civil war, 4 years later, the drink had acquired a delicious gingery flavor. He created ginger ale.


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